Bubba Wallace Snags First Pole Position in His NASCAR Cup Series Career

For the first time, Bubba Wallace will start a NASCAR Cup Series race on pole. 

The driver of the No. 23 scorched the track at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday as the only driver to break 190 mph in the final round of qualifying. He ended the session with an average lap speed of 190.703 mph, earning the first Cup Series pole of his career.

The pole is also the first for 23XI Racing, which began fielding cars in 2021.

“‘Bout time,” Wallace told NBC Sports after climbing out of the car. “Took me five years to get my first pole.”